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Everything you need to know ahead of Wigan’s Betfred Super League Round 17 encounter with Salford Red Devils.

Wigan Warriors face Salford Red Devils in Round 17 of the Betfred Super League on Friday evening (K.O. 5:30pm).

The Cherry and Whites will head to St Helens’ Totally Wicked Stadium to take on Ian Watson’s side, who come into the tie fresh off the back of a Coral Challenge Cup Final defeat.

Wigan on the other hand, head into the game having last played two weeks ago, defeating Warrington Wolves in a nail-biter at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Round 15.

sw01_Cas-v-Hull-KR-1024x606.jpgThe Totally Wicked Stadium, St Helens.

Team News

Adrian Lam has made three changes to the 21 that was named to face Catalans (before the postponement last week), with Oliver Gildart returning alongside Joe and George Burgess.

Youngsters Amir Bourouh and Sam Halsall miss out, along with captain Sean O’Loughlin who is out with a hamstring strain.

After returning for selection last week, prop-forward Tony Clubb is again available and looking to make his return to action this weekend. The experienced forward has not featured since early March, spending time on the sidelines recovering from a neck injury.

Injury List

Youngster Ethan Havard continues to recover from an ankle injury first sustained against Leeds Rhinos in Wigan’s Coral Challenge Cup Semi Final defeat.

Back-rower Jack Wells remains sidelined following a MCL tear and knee dislocation suffered against St Helens in Round 14.

Winger Liam Marshall continues his long-term recovery from an Anterior Cruciate Ligament knee injury sustained during the Round 10 tie with Castleford.

Take a look at the 21-man squad below:

🏉🗞 SQUAD NEWS | Adrian Lam has named the @WiganWarriorsRL 21-man squad to face @SalfordDevils this Friday in R17 of @SuperLeague 👇#WWRL #SLWigSal pic.twitter.com/K46szSXH5x

— Wigan Warriors 🍒⚪ (@WiganWarriorsRL) October 21, 2020

The Opposition

Among a number of changes, ex-Wiganer Kevin Brown misses out after suffering an ankle injury in the Coral Challenge Cup Final, while the then cup-tied Andy Ackers returns to the Salford ranks.

👥 Ian Watson has named his 21-man squad for Friday's @SuperLeague fixture!

🔁 A number of changes have been made from the team which walked out at Wembley, including the return of cup-tied @AndyAckers9!

💪 #TogetherStronger pic.twitter.com/QUHu1wtVs3

— Salford Red Devils (@SalfordDevils) October 21, 2020

Previous Meetings

Wigan have won eight of the last ten meetings against Salford.

Last ten meetings:

  • Salford 18, Wigan 14 (SLR7, 13/3/20)
  • Wigan 4, Salford 28 (SLFE, 4/10/19)
  • Wigan 18, Salford 12 (SLQPO, 20/9/19)
  • Wigan 28, Salford 12 (SLR20, 28/6/19)
  • Salford 26, Wigan 30 (SLR12, 22/4/19)
  • Salford 22, Wigan 30 (SLR7, 24/3/19)
  • Wigan 30, Salford 0 (SLR14, 4/5/18)
  • Salford 12, Wigan 40 (SLR1, 2/2/18)
  • Wigan 42, Salford 6 (SLS8-R3, 18/8/17)
  • Salford 14, Wigan 27 (CCSF, 30/7/17, at Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington)
13-March-20-Salford-v-Wigan-25-1024x705.Wigan last faced Salford in Round 7 at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Super League summary

  • Wigan won 42
  • Salford won 8 (includes win in 2019 play-offs)

The Stats

Tony Clubb needs one appearance to reach 150 for Wigan. The prop-forward made his debut for the Club against Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium in February 2014.

R045_1088-1024x666.jpg Clubb has made 149 appearances for Wigan.

Head to Head

Here’s how the two clubs match up statistically in 2020 so far.

Match-Statistic-V2-Twitter-4-2-1024x579. Head-To-Head-Multi-Stat-Twitter-5-1024x5

Coach Quotes

Ahead of Friday’s game, Adrian Lam spoke to the media in his weekly press conference via Zoom.


With a number of more experienced players becoming available for selection, Lam spoke positively on having a wider pool to pick from.

“I’m really excited that we’ve got a selection of players to pick from, we’ve not really been in this position all season, especially since lockdown.”


On facing Salford Lam said: “Even though they are not sitting in the best spot in the Super League, as a team and as a club there’s a fighter in there.

“No doubt they will want to play well again and back it up.”

Match Officials

The man in the middle on Friday night will be Chris Kendall. Robert Hicks will also officiate as the video referee.


How to Follow

Our free audio service Listen Live will be available from the home page at www.wiganwarriors.com from 15 minutes before kick off.

Joe Mills and Bilko (Andrew Rimmer) will bring fans live commentary of the full 80 minutes.

BILKO-AND-JOE-EDIT-1024x678.jpgBilko (left), Joe Mills (right).

Warriors season ticket holders can watch the game live via the RFL’s OurLeague streaming service. 

Season ticket holders should all have received their unique login codes to access the OurLeague streaming service for Wigan Warriors games. If you haven’t, please contact info@wiganwarriors.com and we will be able to help.

In addition, the game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports. This fixture will be shown on Sky Sports Arena.

Furthermore, Wigan fans can follow every piece of the action via our social media channels and website.

  • Twitter (@WiganWarriorsRL) – live game updates and reaction at the final hooter.
  • Instagram (@wiganwarriorsrl) – live behind-the-scenes action, both before and after kick-off.
  • Facebook (Wigan Warriors) – live matchday information.
  • Website (www.wiganwarriors.com) – post-match reaction including match report, and Head Coach and players reaction.

Wigan TV

Matches will continue to be accessible – as usual – on Wigan TV, with highlights, extended highlights and full match replays available after the relevant holdback times. There will also be post-match interviews for fans to enjoy.

If you’re not already a subscriber to Wigan TV, click HERE today to join. Choose a monthly (£5.99), quarterly (£11.99) or annual (£38.99) subscription with no contract. Pay with PayPal or credit/debit card.

Other Fixtures

Following the cancellation of Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC (scheduled for Thursday 22nd), these are the remaining Round 17 fixtures in the Betfred Super League:

Thursday 22nd October

  • Castleford Tigers 38-24 Hull KR
  • Huddersfield Giants 14-18 Wakefield Trinity

Friday 23rd October

  • Wigan Warriors vs Salford Red Devils (K.O. 5:30pm)
  • St Helens vs Leeds Rhinos (K.O. 7:45pm)

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